On Walking the Berkshires Tim Abbott discusses the economic collapse of Zimbabwe. The question is, why haven’t the people of Zimbabwe revolted and kicked Mugabe out?
Zimbabwe went through a bloody and traumatic war of independence from 1966 to 1979, and a civil war in the south of Zimbabwe that began in 1982 and lasted till 1987.
Crisis wars are cyclic within a society, region or nation. They’re the most horrible kinds of wars. They’re so horrible and they traumatize a nation so much that there’s unanimous agreement to do everything possible to prevent any such war from ever happening again. When the last generation of people who lived through the crisis war disappear (retire or die) all at the same time, then the nation enters a new crisis period, leading to a new crisis war. That’s why a new crisis war typically begins around 60 years after the previous one ends.
Maybe the people of Zimbabwe are just so traumatized that they will put up with anything to avoid starting a new civil war.